Institutional Learning Outcomes

Institutional learning outcomes (ILOs) represent core competencies that all students, regardless of academic program of study, are expected to acquire upon completion of Chaffey College’s associate degree or certificate programs. Embedded in these ILOs are strategies and principles that help students recognize and develop successful pathways to help them achieve their academic and career goals.

Holistically, ILOs articulate a shared, college-wide student learning expectation, reflect the college’s core values, and define the unique characteristics of Chaffey graduates. For faculty, ILOs provide a student-centered learning framework that guides instructional curricula in the development of program and course learning outcomes, fostering a culture of assessment and department collegiality. For student support professionals (e.g., counselors, librarians, instructional facilitators), ILOs promote a campus-wide collaborative effort to improve college processes and identify strategies to strengthen student services and academic support programs. For students, ILOs help them understand Chaffey’s guiding principles as they pursue learning pathways.

Chaffey College strives to develop lifelong learners who exhibit the following:

communication bubblesCommunication
Students will practice effective communication and comprehension skills and strategies. Examples will include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Comprehend, analyze, and respond appropriately to oral, written, and visual information.
    • Effectively communicate/express both qualitative and quantitative information through oral, written, visual, and other appropriate modes of communication/expression.
    • Ask questions and utilize appropriate resources to continually expand comprehension and oral, written, and visual communication skills.


critical thinking iconCritical Thinking and Information Competency
Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in problem solving across the disciplines and in daily life. Examples will include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Identify vital questions, problems, or issues and evaluate the plausibility of a solution. Compute and analyze multiple representations of quantitative information, including graphical, formulaic, numerical, verbal, and visual.
    • Apply scientific processes to solve problems, as well as to measure and observe natural phenomena.
    • Select sources of information based on analysis and evaluation of accuracy, credibility, relevance, and reasonableness of information.
    • Analyze and assess assumptions, biases, and multiple perspectives to develop a well- informed, valid argument.


light bulb iconPersonal, Academic and Career Development
Students will assess their own knowledge, skills, and abilities; set challenging and appropriate personal, educational, and career goals and persist in pursuing these goals; develop effective strategies for both individual and group work; and choose pathways that develop personal, academic, social, and financial responsibility. Examples will include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Demonstrate the professional and ethical responsibilities of the individual in society.
    • Demonstrate the ability to use technology to assess, evaluate, and present information.
    • Set short- and long-term goals, seeking and utilizing various personal, academic, psychological, and social services in pursuit of these goals.
    • Seek and utilize feedback to assess learning and progress toward goals.
    • Demonstrate resilience by viewing challenges and obstacles as opportunities for growth.


world iconCommunity/Global Awareness and Responsibility
Students will demonstrate knowledge and consideration of significant social, cultural, environmental, and aesthetic perspectives. Examples will include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Identify and apply the social and ethical responsibilities of the individual in society.
    • Demonstrate social and ethical responsibility within a community.
    • Demonstrate commitment to active citizenship by recognizing and evaluating important social, ecological, economical, and political issues.
    • Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation for individual, social, and cultural diversity.